Frickin' Pissed But No Can

June 30th, 2014
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"It is wat makes da world go round" as quoted by a WWD! reader many moons ago but in dis instance, da people who "make" dat part of da world sucks okole.

Talking story with my father-in-law last night as Da Wife and I are heading to Sansei (Shakanack review on dat to follow) for a belated Father's Day dinner, he shares something dat got my Korean blood boiling hotter than kim chee stew!

It's one of those moments dat you tink wouldn't happen to anyone you know and is nothing but a blip on your radar but it happened and there's nothing anyone can do about it but to share in da hopes dat it doesn't happen to anyone else.

Da details were pretty sketchy but in a nutshell my grandmother-in-law got scammed and scammed big for $2500!

Wassup Wit Dat!

Da scam was pretty sophisticated in a sense dat they phished some personal information and it went down as her grand-daughter needing bail money to get her out of jail..... in New York.

Now for most of us younger than "grandmother" age would have red flags going off but da frickin' crooks went beyond knowing names, they put "her" on da phone! Now wen you dealing with makule people, they tink everybody will sound da way they sound if you give them a name and das how it went down.

It's da same pitch wea someone you care about needs bail money for something they nevah do and not to tell dat person's parents cause they're scared and blah blah blah. Then my grandmother-in-law was given clear instructions on how to wire da money - again, da HUGEMANGEOUS red flag in ALL scams - but cause da phone conversation was so convincing, she did as instructed.

How did my father-in-law find out? Well, my grandmother-in-law (bless her good-hearted soul) was expecting to hear back a few days later from her grand-daughter so instead she called da grand-daughter's mom to find out how she was doing and to see if she was home yet from New York.... she was then told dat da grand-daughter was always home. :sad: Moreso in Hawaii we carry a bit more of da shame factor so it's even especially hard to even come to terms with something like dis.

I only share dis to try and take something out of it instead of it just being swept undah da rug. Please talk with your parents and/or grandparents and be vigilant about any type of suspicious calls asking for money especially if it's for relatives. They have even been so bold as to hold fake conversations and these bastards have nothing but black hearts and damned souls so they don't care who and how da person will be hurt as long as they get "paid".

My grandparents-in-law - as most makule plantation workers - don't have much and live very humble lives so taking a hit out of their retirement for a scam doesn't bode well with any of us and das da type of people these a$$ho!e$ target - trusting, caring and sad to admit, makule people.

I told my father-in-law dat these scammers will not stop. Once they hooked grandma, they'll keep trying again and again until anoddah scam "works" so to change da phone numbah. It's a good thing dat they don't have anything to do with computers and email so at least we can do something proactive by changing da numbah and not worry about them transmitting personal information online.

But true to Grandma she says, "lesson learned".

Not surah if you want to admit or not but have you evah been scammed? Wat oddah scams have you heard about recently das going around? How's your spidey-sense?

btw, I get some land on Pu'u O'o I'm trying to get rid of if you interested.








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17 Responses to “Frickin' Pissed But No Can”

  1. GA Bows:

    Sorry to hear. It's sad that these ppl take advantage of the elderly. Bachi will happen to those that do that.


  2. Lowtone123:

    Neva been scammed but had my credit card used to charge stuff on. I got a call from my credit card company and dey asked if I wen used my credit card in Canada recently. Wen I told them no dey wen open a claim to dispute da charges. Ended up getting a new card as the old one was closed. Was mo funny dat dey said a card was swiped in these transactions (had three attempts, one was declined but da odda two went through to the tune of about $85). My mother-in-law had her credit cards closed and her bank accounts are handled by my sister-in-law.


  3. Lowtone123:

    BTW I had my credit card with me the whole time.


  4. JoeyDaCat:

    Been there, done that. Sorry to hear dat dey got scammed but its an unfortunately reality in today's world. Da in-laws got scammed on the phone, in person, through the mail...they were so trusting that they were easy targets. I am using past-tense cause they are now living in an assisted living facility and don't answer the phone anymore. Da wife moved them there partially to get them away from da scam artists and told them to screen calls (no always rememba but was betta than before). I'm not a vengeful person, but I sure hope what goes around, comes around.....................


  5. Ocean Lover:

    Just last week I get this phone call around 9:30 at night.....as I tried to SLEEP....(yeah, I old fut)....with all kinds of background noise......"Hello I'm calling about your computer and a possible virus".

    "GET A REAL JOB!" I yelled at him and hung up.


  6. Chicken Grease:

    Ridiculous. Grandmother-in-law did not,/b> know the granddaughter's voice? I don't know. Between "the call" and "the call/action to wire the money," wouldn't gramma in law call granddaughter's mother -- or anyone else in the family -- to let them know what was going on?

    I thought this was an urban myth.


  7. Dorobo:

    Auwe!!
    Unfortunately get plenty low life types out there!!!
    I know a couple of older people that got scammed on the net.
    My wife and I received a letter from the good folks at the IRS in 2013 stating that they were reviewing our tax return and would contact us later as to the disposition. There was a case # and a phone # to call with questions.
    I called them to inform them that there was one problem. WE NEVA FILE OUR TAX RETURN YET!!!
    How did the scamma know that we had put in photovoltaic system and had a large tax credit due???
    Took about 6 months to resolve but was OK. Unlike us grandma in law will not be refunded her $$$
    Good luck BL and ohana and take care.


  8. kamaaina808:

    SO sorry to hear that, BL! Scumbags :-x I will call my Dad & let him know. Many mahalos for sharing that story, hard as it might have been. :-(


  9. M:

    Howzit BL!

    So sorry to hear that happen. :(
    When I get a phone call from an unknown number or "No Caller ID" or long distance area code, I do not answer.
    When I receive an email from someone I don't know I just deleted it without opening it.
    If I answer a call and it's a foreign accent, I just hang up.


  10. kamaaina808:

    @Dorobo... maybe 'da scamma' was da one who wen' install da photovoltaic system or one of da workas??


  11. rayboyjr:

    @Chicken Grease:

    ... really??? ... you gonna chastise BL's Grandma-in-law that way??? ...

    ... maybe you only know people with perfect voice recognition ... and maybe you only know people who would react perfectly in a seemingly stressful situation ... but we all don't have that same luxury ...

    ... it is very presumptuous to think BL's Grandma-in-law should have been prepared for that type of thing ... you don't even know her ...


  12. Braddah Lance:

    GA Bows:
    Bachi will happen to those that do that.

    I'm kinda hoping more than bachi. :lol:

    Long time to hea - E Komo Mai back!
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    Lowtone123:
    Neva been scammed but had my credit card used to charge stuff on.

    Damn, dat must have sucked! Dat actually happened to me once too but da credit card company was quick about it and cancelled and reissued a new account too.
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    JoeyDaCat:
    Been there, done that. Sorry to hear dat dey got scammed but its an unfortunately reality in today's world.

    Yeah, times have changed and it's amazing how creative these guys are... imagine if they actually was on da "good" side.

    It's been a helluva long time! E Komo Mai back JoeyDaCat!

    I'm not a vengeful person, but I sure hope what goes around, comes around.....

    Ha ha ha! 'Nuff said.
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    Ocean Lover:
    "GET A REAL JOB!" I yelled at him and hung up.

    Ha ha ha... classic.
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    Dorobo:
    My wife and I received a letter from the good folks at the IRS in 2013 stating that they were reviewing our tax return and would contact us later as to the disposition. There was a case # and a phone # to call with questions. I called them to inform them that there was one problem. WE NEVA FILE OUR TAX RETURN YET!!!

    Classic phishing. Good thing you knew something they nevah. Ha ha ha.

    Good luck BL and ohana and take care.

    Mahalos!
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    kamaaina808:
    I will call my Dad & let him know. Many mahalos for sharing that story, hard as it might have been. :-(

    No problemos and glad to hear dat you'll be sharing it! :grin:
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    M:
    When I get a phone call from an unknown number or "No Caller ID" or long distance area code, I do not answer.
    When I receive an email from someone I don't know I just deleted it without opening it.
    If I answer a call and it's a foreign accent, I just hang up.

    Good practices to have.
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    rayboyjr:
    @Chicken Grease:
    ... really??? ... you gonna chastise BL's Grandma-in-law that way??? ...
    ... maybe you only know people with perfect voice recognition ... and maybe you only know people who would react perfectly in a seemingly stressful situation ... but we all don't have that same luxury ...
    ... it is very presumptuous to think BL's Grandma-in-law should have been prepared for that type of thing ... you don't even know her ...

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    Chicken Grease:
    Ridiculous. Grandmother-in-law did not know the granddaughter's voice?

    You know, I'm really kinda tired of hearing your self-righteous I'm bettah than everybody else comments.

    Your parents and grandparents must be out of dis world being so akamai and on top of things always being right and nevah have been wronged and it must have been inherited by you.

    You evah wondah why these types of punks prey on da elderly?

    Every single comment you post does nothing but antagonize da situation nor does it lend any insight. A comment is a comment until you start to chastise or ridicule then dat is just uncalled for. Your comments may be "ok" in oddah blogs or forums but for a long time reader, you should know dat it isn't cool hea.

    I'd like to ask you stop posting your comment(s) on WWD!. If you still choose to do so, I will not stop you nor filter your comments as you free to speak your peace, but if ya ain't got nothing nice or helpful criticism at da least to say, keep your fingahs off dat keyboard.


  13. cojef:

    Feel bad for your in-laws troubles. We live in a California retirement community with over 15,000 residents so those type of incidents occurs frequently. For example, the ole, "greetings you won the raffle worth X number of dollars, but in order to claim winnings you must send X amounts." Had a credit scam happen to us, luckily the vendor called us and asked if we had a friend in the California prison that we were sending some craft tools to. Of course not, possibility that during that week used this particular credit card at the dentist only and an employee of the dentist stole the numbers and ordered merchandise to be sent to her boy friend in the big house. The dentist has many female staff members and anyone of them could be the bad apple. Score one for the heads up by the vendor who took the time to research who the card was issued to and back-tracked the order over the phone. Was lucky on that deal. Another incident happened with Circuit City employee. This credit card charged was disputed for over half a year until I finally convinced American Express that they should eat the charge as it was not my purchase. My number was used to purchase merchandise from a Sears store in a suburbs of Chicago to be delivered to an address in Seattle, Washington. Have no friends or relatives living in Seattle and there are many Sears stores in our community, so why would I purchase anything from Chicago area. Again used the card only once for entire month. Crooked employees are out there.


  14. 4G:

    I had a telephone conversation not too long ago with my own mom. She is getting hard of hearing. But still . . . .

    She never even recognize my voice, even after I identified myself (multiple times) . . . . :(


  15. hossana:

    I got so mad reading your article that if you ever find out who that idiot or punk was that scammed your grandmother, email me and I will accompany you to visit that idiot or idiots etc...ive been identity theft once already and the paperwork i had to go through to clear my liability filled a 8X11 envelope completely....yes, lesson learned but I like to lay my fist on that person or persons and show them what lesson learned means local style.....cheers.


  16. 9th Island Girl:

    Oh! So sorry to hear! I hate people who take advantage of seniors.


  17. DIO:

    Isn't it sad that we live in an age where you practically have to second guess everyone you encounter and deal with in life?